Steep: Winter Games Edition
Ubisoft heads to the Winter Olympics with this latest expansion to its 2016 open world extreme sports game. (It’s also available as a new stand-alone experience that includes the original.) The mountains of South Korea and Japan are featured in the open world gameplay, which correlates with the homes of the next two Winter Games (Pyeongchang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020). The original game, which is required to play the sequel if you’re purchasing this as an expansion pack, includes peaks across Alaska and the Alps. This expansion introduces fresh Alpine and Freestyle events, including Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Big Air, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross and Ski Slopestyle. The new Become A Legend mode lets players embark on a journey to become the first Olympic athlete to win gold in three freestyle competitions (Big Air, Half Pipe and Slopestyle). Ten U.S. athletes, including Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, offer tips and tricks in this mode through short video interviews. But as is traditional with any Olympic video game license, you don’t actually play as them in the game. For anyone who hasn’t yet shredded through the virtual snow in this game, there’s a lot of depth here with the ability to freestyle and develop your own skills, or take on friends in multiplayer tournaments. The Olympics license is a nice bonus, but this game already had a solid snow pack to build on.
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